Thursday, 21 April 2011

The Orientalism Trend

Colour blocking, seventies revival and midi lengths are all big this spring season. But cropping up at shows such as John Galliano and Louis Vuitton there have been nudges towards a different direction: the East. Models strutted down catwalks in opulent jewel-toned kimonos, brandishing bamboo parasols and fluttering fans before their cat-like lashes.
They key pieces of this trend are the kimono jacket/cardigan, platform wedges that echo the geta that geisha would wear (especially at Derek Lam), and wide, obi style belts.
But how can we interpret this look without looking like we're meant to be an extra in a production of The Mikado
Firstly, keep things to a minimum- perhaps choose one aspect of the orientalism trend and integrate it into your wardrobe with some Western flair.

For the summer festivals by the beach...
Keep things loose and relaxed with a crocheted kimono and a wide-brimmed hat. Platform wedges and another layer to the geisha vibe.

For art galleries and roof terrace bars in the big city...
Make it minimal - a lux tee wrapped up inside a bright skirt with an obi belt.

For picnics and bicycle rides through idyllic countryside...
Is this cheating? Rodarte featured some pieces that gave a nod to dreamy royal blue scenes on white porcelain this season. Pair this sweet dress with even sweeter mary janes, and serve the cucumber sandwiches.

Any other trends that you think have been overshadowed this season?


Dahl said...

I really like these clothes and your comments on the asian-influenced trends this spring. Some of my favorite trends this spring have been maxi skirts and flat shoes!

carlijn said...

lovely stuff! xoxo

GIAA said...

awh love the looks, especially the first and the third!



Anonymous said...

The outfits look awesome - I like the new blog design too :) the links and stuff!

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